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Sun Mar 28, 2021, 12:01 AM

Oregon Legislature looks at giving people the right to repair their stuff

Blake Swensen remembers the day he fell in love with tinkering.

This was 50 years ago in Alaska, and the small plane his father was flying crashed. Swensen, 6 at the time, doesn’t know whether it was an unexpected gust or the plane was too full of caribou meat, but either way, they were now in the middle of nowhere, it was snowing, and cell phones had yet to be invented.

Still, Swensen’s dad found a way.

“I think there was a backpack that he strapped to the tail,” he said. “There was some duct tape involved and some wire. And I just remember it being so interesting in how he accomplished this feat of getting that plane back together and working, and we were able eventually to fly it home.”

Swensen now runs the Tinker Camp in Portland, a program that tries to teach kids that same lesson: “The challenge of it, the acquisition of knowledge. The thrill of doing something that not too many people do ... Those kinds of things get you really charged up.”

Read more: https://www.bendbulletin.com/business/oregon-legislature-looks-at-giving-people-the-right-to-repair-their-stuff/article_e876d130-8e4b-11eb-bf16-df3c9db1c246.html

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Sun Mar 28, 2021, 02:19 AM

1. This is a great article. Really interesting.

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